From: email@example.com (James Matthew Weber) Date: 12 Nov 1997 16:31:03 -0500 Organization: Customer of Access One Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia References: 1 2 3
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On 11 Nov 1997 23:16:59 GMT, Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) wrote: >In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, >Joseph Edward Nemec <email@example.com> wrote: >>H Andrew Chuang wrote: >>> Alaska has placed an order of 10 B737-900s and became the launch >>> customer of the longest B737. For details, see Boeing's news >>> release: >>> <http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/1997/news_release_971110b.html> >>I noticed that the B737-900 is the largest of the 737s, but Boeing >>reports that the passenger capacity for the planes >>that Alaska Airways has ordered is 177 pax, as opposed to the >>180+ for the B737-800. What's going on? Is the -900 a particularly >>long-range aircraft, or is Alaska Airways going for some sort of >>premium seating? The -800 has been sold to low cost european operators and tour operators, who generally operate single class (sardine class) service. Alaska operates two classes. I suspect the high figures for the -800 are based upon 30-31 inch seat pitch. Alaska has a 40 inch seat pitch up front, and probably about 33 inches down the back. Add space for a bulkhead between the two cabins, and you have eaten up the entire stretch of the airframe. (4 rows x 9 inches in front, 36 inches + 25 rows x 3 inches = 114 inches 9+ feet) Another poster has pointed out the current regulations involving emergency exits prevent you from getting a lot more seats anyway.